Michelle Copolo joined the Daemen College sports medicine staff as assistant athletic trainer in 2016, having most recently worked in the athletic training department at St. Lawrence University. While there, she worked primarily with the Saints’ NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey program, and their Division III women’s field hockey and softball programs.
Prior to her stint at St. Lawrence, Copolo spent the 2013-14 academic year on the athletic training staff at SUNY Canton.
A native of West Virginia, Copolo earned both a master’s degree in exercise physiology: cardiac rehabilitation and a bachelor’s degree athletic training from Marshall University. While at Marshall, she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the men’s soccer, football, women’s volleyball, and track and field programs.
Through her graduate assistantship in the exercise physiology laboratory, Copolo published her original research on the presence of the passive sink phenomenon of blood lactate in skeletal muscle after exhaustive exercise.